An image of a silverback gorilla.

Gorillas pose for selfies with anti-poaching rangers

Scientists have proven that we share 98 per cent of our DNA with great apes such as gorillas. But if these hilarious posts are to be believed, then we might actually have more in common with them than we thought. In fact, it seems as though gorillas are just as addicted to taking selfies as homo sapiens are, and they aren't shy about appearing on social media either.

These amazing pictures, which have now gone viral, were taken by anti-poaching rangers working at the Virunga National Park in the Democratic Republic of Congo. They show the conservationists taking selfies with a number of friendly gorillas. The pictures were shared on the Facebook page of The Elite AntiPoaching Units And Combat Trackers, where they really impressed people with how photogenic the gorillas looked!

Check out this amazing footage of a man encountering gorillas in the wild:

The rangers captioned the pictures; "From a Virunga National Park ranger, translated from the French: 'When one is still young, it seems very simple to be a hero or a martyr. But as one marches on in life, one understands the price of a simple act of virtue, and only God can give us the strength to achieve this.'"

A number of people commented positively on the images and expressed their appreciation of all the hard conservation work performed by the rangers. For instance, someone named Lynn Ward wrote: "Simply stunning photo. Thank you for sharing & proving we can all live peacefully together," while another person named Pernilla Winterskiöld stated: "Wow, that is an awesome office you’ve got there. Stay safe and thank you for the amazing work you do.

According to its official website, Virunga is Africa’s oldest national park and is classified as a UNESCO World Heritage site. Here, some of the very last of the world’s critically-endangered mountain gorilla population lives in the wild, protected by a team of over 600 rangers.

If you'd like to contribute towards the conservation and safeguarding of these incredible animals, then visit The Gorilla Organisation and make a donation.